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Unpriming the pump: Remystifications of AI at the UN’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

Posted on 08 April 2018 by Lucy Suchman

*Originally published on the “Robot Futures Blog” In the lead up to the next meeting of the CCW’s Group of Governmental Experts at the United Nations April 9-13th in Geneva, the UN’s Institute for Disarmament Research has issued a briefing paper titled The Weaponization of Increasingly Autonomous Technologies: Artificial Intelligence. Designated a primer for CCW […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC Statement at the 2017 CCW GGE Meeting

Posted on 15 November 2017 by Frank Sauer

ICRAC Statement to the 2017 UN CCW GGE Meeting Delivered by Noel Sharkey, Chair, on 15 November 2017 I speak on behalf of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, a founding member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. We would like to thank Ambassador Gill for his preparations of this important meeting. And […] Continue Reading

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Frequently Asked Questions on LAWS

Posted on 11 November 2017 by Frank Sauer

Memorandum for delegates at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) Geneva, 13-17 November 2017 ICRAC is an international not-for-profit association of scientists, technologists, lawyers and policy experts committed to the peaceful use of robotics and the regulation of robot weapons. Please visit our […] Continue Reading

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Autonomous Weapon Systems and Strategic Stability

Posted on 20 September 2017 by Frank Sauer

Building on arguments previously developed for a blog post, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann and Frank Sauer discuss the strategic implications of autonomy in weapon systems in more depth in a recently published article in Survival. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction: In July 2015, an open letter from artificial-intelligence experts and roboticists called for a ban on autonomous weapon […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC leaflet on LAWS and global security

ICRAC leaflet on LAWS and global security

Posted on 18 November 2016 by Frank Sauer

Back in 2015, one week before the second informal meeting of experts at the CCW in Geneva, ICRAC released a leaflet with a succinct list of the ten most pressing  issues for global security raised by autonomous weapon systems: LAWS – 10 Problems for Global Security. The original announcement is below, and with the CCW’s 5th Review Conference right […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting

ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting

Posted on 12 April 2016 by Frank Sauer

On April 12, ICRAC’s Juergen Altmann delivered the following statement to the informal “Meeting of Experts“, gathered to discuss questions related to “lethal autonomous weapons systems” from April 11 to April 15 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. ICRAC opening statement to the 2016 UN CCW Expert Meeting Delivered by Jürgen Altmann, Deputy Chair, […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC at the 2016 UN CCW informal experts meeting on LAWS

Posted on 06 April 2016 by Frank Sauer

The Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) will hold its third informal experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva on 11-15 April 2016. Learn more about the the objectives and purpose of this multilateral meeting from the list of frequently asked questions provided by the Campaign to Stop […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC and the responsible robotics revolution

Posted on 28 January 2016 by Frank Sauer

ICRAC works for the regulation of robotic weapon systems and is committed to the peaceful use of robotic technology. To further pursue this latter goal, ICRAC’s Noel Sharkey co-founded the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. In a recently published piece on Research Fortnight, Sharkey and Aimee van Wynsberghe write: The robotics revolution will have a disruptive […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC Video: Peaceful Uses of Robotics and Banning LAWS

Posted on 12 November 2015 by Peter Asaro

Stop the Killer Robots from Kamille Rodriguez on Vimeo. The video explains that a ban on killer robots would not have negative impacts on the development of other robotics applications and research. It was created for ICRAC by digital animation artist Kamille Rodriguez:   Continue Reading

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Icelandic research institute shuns autonomous weapons

Posted on 02 September 2015 by nsharkey

The Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines (IIIM) has issued an ethical policy that makes them the first Artificial Intelligence research and development group to reject the development of technologies intended for military operations. IIIM is an independent research institute affiliated with Reykjavik University in Reykjavik, Iceland “It is only fitting that a research center in Iceland […] Continue Reading

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